Archive CD Books Canada NEWSLETTER V9#01 - 20 May, 2012












Preparations for our attendance at the annual Ontario Genealogical Society Conference marketplace, to be held this year in Kingston, are in full swing, and we are anxious to renew acquaintance with all our old friends - and are looking forward to making many new friends.

Just in time for the show, we are happy to announce the release of six exciting new Canadian digital reproductions.  Details below.

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- Six new Canadian releases.

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*  The Creation of Manitoba or A History of the Red River Troubles

CA0071:  $15.00

The settlement of Canada by non-indigenous people proceeded in a generally westerly direction from the Atlantic to the Rockies. In any particular area it generally, started with the exploiters of the abundant natural resources (mostly hunters and trappers of the fur trade), and was closely followed by the commercial interests dealing with this trade in natural resources (such as the Hudson’s Bay Company).  Following this are the pioneer settlers, and finally these settlers bring with them the higher levels of government - including the instruments of civil discipline as represented by the police and military forces.The great forest and prairie areas to the west of “the Canadas” - Lower & Upper - were no exception to this general rule but, in the case of Manitoba the process was not as politically “smooth” as it had been in Upper Canada (now Ontario).  Hidden within the settlement process (as described above) there is a transition from exploitation, largely for the benefit of external “investors” to, exploitation for the benefit of the occupying “investors,” i.e., the settlers themselves,  and it was in making this transition that the “Red River Troubles” became an issue, culminating in actual - and deadly - physical conflict between the factions.This book reviews and examines, in detail, the whole process of the exploitation and settlement of what we now call Manitoba as it went through these processes.  It seems that many “local” conflicts generate a long lasting polarization of opinion.  Even today, let alone over 100 years ago when this book was written, there seems to be no agreement as to who was “right” and who was “wrong” in this conflict, although there can be no doubt as to who “won” and who “lost.”   It is made clear that the sympathies of the author, Alexander Begg (? - 1897) lie with the British government (as represented by the Colonial parliament) and with the owners of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the unsurprising “winners” of the conflict.  This has a strong influence on how these unfortunate events are recounted, including his “demonization” of Louis Riel amongst the losing leaders, and his “praise” of the supervisory participants from the winning government side.While the book clearly sets out to provide an account of the political and strategic situation in this conflict it also brings us a first hand account of what it was like to live through these times and what a person could expect in the nature of accommodations, victuals, and personal comforts.  408 pages of fully computer searchable text. 

*  Skye Pioneers & "The Island" - 1929

CA0391:  $15.00

The author of this book, Malcolm A. MacQueen, is descended from a family which lived for many years on the Isle of Skye, one of the inner Hebridean Islands of Scotland, which accounts for his emphasis on the Scottish settlers from that area.  His book, however, is actually about the settlers from all over Britain brought to, and settled in, Prince Edward Island (PEI) by Lord Selkirk’s program of emigration starting after c1803.Lord Selkirk sold off portions of his estates on PEI to these emigrants, which meant that all of this settlement took place on the western side of the southern most promontory of the Island - the settlement origins being around Belfast. The early part of the book concentrates on the initial development of this area -  not only the physical but also the social and communal aspects - with quite a concentration, as is appropriate for a committed Presbyterian community, on the development and leadership of the church.Moving along, and taking account of the arrival of additional settlers, the book studies the expansion of surrounding centres of development such as Orwell, Uigg, and Murray Harbour Road.  While detailing the development of the physical farms, mills, churches and buildings is necessary, the author also recognizes that none of this would be important without the people, so he takes great care to ensure that individuals and families are named, and recognized, as they relate to their settlement on individual parcels of land.  As the story progresses through the book it becomes more and more about the people until, towards the end of the book, it is essentially a report of the growth of local families, including in many cases, a family “tree” stretching to several generations.The book notes that there were quite a few Scots emigrating to North Carolina over a period of the 60 years leading up to the early 1800’s Selkirk emigrations but it was becoming a more and more difficult process, so the Selkirk emigration was a good solution to any Scott looking for a life in the New World.  Further, once landed in PEI further westward movement (onto the mainland) was difficult due to both physical and political conditions so the emigrants tended to stay where they landed.  Besides the settlements of Orwell, Uigg and Murray Harbour Road mentioned above the other centres of Selkirk sponsored development mentioned in the book are: Alberry Plains, Dundee, Lyndale and Vernon.  So if you know you had ancestors on PEI, who arrived from Britain during the early 1800’s there is a good chance this book will contain something of your ancestors story.  This book contains 162 numbered pages and 9 illustrations.  We have carefully OCR’ed the page images so you can easily search for any word, plus we have implemented our FastFind technology for almost instantaneous searching.

*  The Canadian Voyageur - 1906

CAG101:  $3.00  (Gleaning delivered by download only)

A general “biography” of the Canadian Voyageur.  Being a voyageur is actually a job but the life style and importance of these individuals in facilitating the exploration, transportation of goods, trading and general communications during the years when Canada was first being settled by non-indigenous peoples brings them a fame which almost isolates them to a separate race.In truth they were a unique group of mixed ancestry who made a living plying the many Canadian rivers, living a life which we, today, would consider intolerably tough, but which they appeared to prefer to any other.  4 full page illustrations.

Gleaned from: Acadiensis - Jan. 1906, Vol. 6 No.1, Published: 1906

by: G. Waldo Browne

Size: (pages) 12,  (download) 2.3MB

*  The Columbia - 1906

CAG102:  $3.00 (Gleaning delivered by download only)

The Cunard’s Columbia was the first steamship to be wrecked in the area of Sable Island.  The accident took place on “The Devil’s Limb,” near Cape Sable, Nova Scotia on 2nd July, 1843, at 10:00 p.m.  She was on her regular “mail” run between Boston and England and was headed in for a “pickup” at Halifax. A number of vessels came to the aid of the stranded Columbia, rescuing passengers and crew and taking off valuable cargos, such as the mail.  The rescuers included the Margaret, a sister ship in the Cunard line, carrying the Hon. Samuel Cunard who was in Halifax at the time. All 85 passengers and the ships crew were saved. 

Gleaned from: Acadiensis - Jan. 1906, Vol. 6 No.1, Published: 1906

by: David Russell Jack

Size: (pages) 14,  (download) 1.3MB

*  Heraldry in Brief

CAG103:  $5.50 (Gleaning delivered by download only)

Despite the original purpose of heraldry being long obsolete we are still fascinated by these colorful and impressive displays of the importance and - frequently - the origins of the families who can find evidence of their ancestors right to bear them.  This article provides a concise description of the parts and devices which go to make up a Coat of Arms, or Achievement as it is properly called.  This article explains these various parts and their variants including the manner in which they are combined. In identifying these “rules” the article also explains the archaic language still used to describe the arms, both in form and in color, or “tincture.”  Arms of a similar form were in use all over Europe (in their period) but the description here is based mainly on the British variants. Includes liberal sketch illustrations and a full page diagram of the “Marshalling.”

Gleaned from: Acadiensis - Jan. 1906, Vol. 6 No.1, Published: 1906

by: Edward Marion Chadwick

Size: (pages) 45,  (download) 2.6MB

*  Epitaphs of St. Andrews, N.B. before 10 April, 1903.

CAG104:  $3.00  (Gleaning delivered by download only)

Transcriptions of about 77 memorials (presumably) found in a New Brunswick Presbyterian cemetery.  No further information is offered in the publication but it appears the transcriber wanted to retain the text format because he has included “pipe” symbols which we interpret as indicating the end of a line.  The number of names on each memorial and the amount of information provided varies widely.Research indicates that this transcription is for memorials in the Greenock Presbyterian Church Cemetry,146 Montague St., St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick.,  E5B 1H8

Gleaned from: Acadiensis - Jan. 1906, Vol. 6 No.1, Published: 1906

by: David Russell Jack

Size: (pages) 10,  (download) 0.96MB



The second volume of the BC history is progressing well and it will complete this mammoth four volume set.  In the mean time I believe we should soon be receiving another of the popular Great War Canadian Battalion histories for digitization in a week or so, which will fit well with the end of the BC history project.

We also have a book about the history of Kingston (Ontario) in preparation in case we can get it ready to bring to the OGS Conference at the end of the month (no promises!)  So, no shortage of projects!!



None this month.



If any of you have genealogy related questions of a general nature - or something specifically related to Archive CD Books - we'd be glad to publish your question in this newsletter to tap into the enormous fund of knowledge which I know is out there.



The news of the progress on digitization of the US 1940 census continues to dominate the N. American rumour mill.  On a related news item, Family Search (the LDS online genealogical organization), who are organizing a volunteer transcription effort to generate a searchable index to the 1940 (US) census say they now have over 100,000 volunteers working on this and a couple of other projects.



The acquisition of the US online genealogy site was announced a couple of weeks ago.  Reflecting statements made at the time of the announcement, there have been no obvious changes resulting from this merger, but the effects of this type of merger usually take some time to emerge.  In avoidance of potential confusion this merger is with NOT  (a.k.a.: Internet Archive), the digitized book site.



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28 May 2012:  Meeting - Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society - Toronto, ON  Topics: Legal Research for Family Historians AND The Importance of the Mother's Maiden Name.  At  7:30 p.m. in the Burgundy Room, North York Memorial Community Hall, 5110 Yonge Street, Toronto



1st to 3rd, June, 2012.  Region VIII of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS) will host the Society’s annual Conference at St Lawrence College, Kingston, Ontario.  This is usually the largest Ontario conference of the year with as many as 700 genealogy fans attending.  There will be a large area for sales, displays, publications and information tables.

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 Remember to bring your portable memory device with you if you want any Gleanings!


25 August, 2012.  The Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (GANS) is planning to hold a Celebration of their 30th anniversary.  The online announcement / registration web page is now available at:


8 September, 2012.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Ottawa City Archives of Canada, Room 226, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all.  Website: 

For more information contact: David Walker,


14 - 16 SEPTEMBER, 2012.  The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) will hold its annual conference at the Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON. Opens @ 5pm on Friday, till 5pm Sunday.  Full program of speakers and a large marketplace.  Go to the BIFHSGO website for more details and registration info.:  www.bifhsgo/ca

WE ARE BOOKED TO BE IN THE MARKET PLACE WITH OUR FULL CONFERENCE “KIT.”  (The L&A is also open to the public during show hours.) (Note 1 below.)


13 October, 2012.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Ottawa City Archives of Canada, Room 226, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all.  Website: 

For more information contact: David Walker,


3 November, 2012.  Kitchener Public Library are PROBABLY holding their Genealogy and Family History Day for the second year.  There is NO public confirmation of this event yet but we are planning on being in the marketplace when it is confirmed.  We will announce further developments as we hear about them.


10 November, 2012.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Ottawa City Archives of Canada, Room 226, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all.  Website: 

For more information contact: David Walker,


8 December, 2012.  The Master Genealogist (software) Users Group, Ottawa is holding its monthly meeting at The Ottawa City Archives of Canada, Room 226, 100 Tallwood Dr., Ottawa, between 2 & 4 pm.  Meetings consist of general discussions, tip of the month, and one or more formal presentations.  Attendance is free to all.  Website: 

For more information contact: David Walker,


5-6 April, 2013.  The Ottawa branch of the OGS has tentatively booked the Library and Archives exhibition space for its annual GENE-O-RAMA conference.  Further details to come.  


31May - 2 June, 2013.  The OGS conference and show will take place.  Venue and details to follow.

Note 1: When we bring our “road-show” to one of these great marketplaces, it is logistically impossible for us to carry a copy of every one of the over 4,000 CDs in our on-line catalogue.  We DO (usually) bring about 1,000 - selected from the more popular titles - but only one or two copies of each.  When these are sold it’s no longer available for viewing at that show.  If you want to see a particular CD at a meeting / show let us know ahead of time what it is you want to see (eMail or ‘phone are good, but however suits you best) and we will make sure we keep a copy available for you to look at.  There will be no obligation to buy if it’s not what you want.  We don’t want you to be disappointed. 




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